Author Archive | Anna Maria

Go Gadget, Go Old School! A Language Learning Tracker Guide


Do you ever wonder how your language learning is going?

As in, are you making progress?

Or are you stalled—stuck on a plateau, or even faceplanted into a brick wall?

Actually, if you’ve hit a wall, you’re …

We’ve Got the Magic Bullet! How to Learn a Language with a Bullet Journal


I’ve got a secret.

It’s a good one, too.

Curious? Of course you are, so I’m going to spill it.

There’s a new BFF for language learners—a method to intensify, organize and customize language learning.

Anyone can do it, it’s …

Intensive and Extensive: 2 Ways of Reading That Power Language Learning


We learn languages for a host of different reasons.

Some of us do it for educational purposes, employment opportunities, travel goals or to communicate with family or friends, among other motivations.

But diverse as our motivations may be, …

10 Secrets for Learning Grammar in a Foreign Language


Grammar. It’s a love-hate dynamic for many people.

Mostly, it’s more hate than love.

If most of us were asked to give a talk titled “Grammar Tips 101″—using our native language as the focus—we’d probably try to find a way …

Go Global! The 6 Best Translation Apps for Language Learners


If you want my opinion, you’re not doing bad at all with your new language learning.

You’ve got the basics down, you can conjugate without too much trouble and you feel pretty sure you’re on the road to success.

That’s …

Social Media Language Learning Tips You’ll Want to Like and Share Again and Again!


How many hours a day do you spend on your cell phone, tablet or computer?

Come on, you can tell the truth. We’re all friends here.

Think about it. Take a minute if you need to.

Consider blogs. Facebook. …

Home Sweet Home: Convert Your Home into a Language Immersion Paradise


We’ve all heard envy-inspiring stories of someone who jetted off to a foreign country.

They took an intern position, volunteered or became an au pair to get where they were going.

That adventurous soul was surrounded by speakers of

The Best and Brightest Online Language Courses


Weighing one online language course against the many others.

Spending hours sifting through facts and making comparisons.

Only reading positive reviews that don’t tell you the real ins and outs of each course.

Wondering about scathingly negative reviews that …

Chat Like a Diplomat: How to Learn Languages with the Foreign Service Institute (FSI)


Ever wonder how diplomats get their language groove on?

Citizens sent abroad to represent the United States need to navigate important diplomatic affairs with cultural awareness, and often they need to survive among a population that doesn’t speak English

The Determined Learner’s Guide to Advanced Language Lessons


The first real hurdles of taking on the language challenge are behind you.

But the finish line still lies ahead—tantalizingly in sight.

Trouble is, you might be running out of steam after leaping over so many hurdles to get this …